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Morris Mini

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The Morris Mini is variant of the Mini produced by British Motor Corporation.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Mini page on 27 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Mini Countryman (1961–1969)

These models were two-door estate cars with double "barn"-style rear doors. Both were built on a slightly longer chassis of 84 inches (2.1 m) compared to 80.25 inches (2.038 m) for the saloon.

The luxury models had decorative, non-structural wood inserts in the rear body which gave the car a similar appearance to the larger Morris Minor Traveller which had some of the look of an American-style 1950s woodie. Approximately 108,000 Austin Mini Countrymans and 99,000 Morris Mini Travellers were built.

Morris Mini K (March 1969 – August 1971, Australia only)

Built in the Australian British Motor Corporation factory at Zetland, New South Wales, using 80% local content, the Morris Mini K was advertised as the "great leap forward". The Mini K ('K' standing for Kangaroo) had a 1098 cc engine and was the last round-nose model to be produced in Australia, originally priced at A$1780. The Mini K was offered in 2-door saloon and 2-door van body styles. It was distinctive in having wind-up windows and a swivelling quarterlight in Mk.I-style externally hinged doors. A small round sticker with a kangaroo logo was placed on the triangular panel between the door and the front body seam.

Mark II Mini: 1967–1970

The Mark II Mini was launched at the 1967 British Motor Show, and featured a redesigned grille, a larger rear window and numerous cosmetic changes. A total of 429,000 Mk II Minis were produced. A variety of Mini types were made in Pamplona, Spain, by the Authi company from 1968 onwards, mostly under the Morris name.


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2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
Photo by Nathan Bittinger

#03 - 1962 Morris Mini (1293cc)
D. Lincoln Kinsman
Hamilton, Ont

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1962 Morris Mini


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
27 May 2009Classic Cars - MiniMatt Coughlan


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
28 November 1966NHTSA Recall 66V028000 Austin Healey 1100, Austin Healey Mini, Isuzu Pickup Truck, MG 1100, Morris 1100, Morris Cooper, Morris Cooper S, Morris Cooper Saloon, Morris Mini Van, Morris Moke, Riley Elf, Vanden Plas 1100, Wolseley Hornet
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


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